Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Snacks for Picky Eaters

My kids are the poster children for picky eaters, I found this list of healthy snacks for picky eaters from Tawra Kellam's "Living on a Dime" website. I just noticed cookies in the list, but if you make them at home and use whole wheat flour, wheatgerm, oatmeal or applesauce they actually can be healthy. Since summer started, all I hear all day long is "I'm hungry Mom!"

I thought this was a pretty good list.

Snack Ideas:
Have a snack sitting at the kitchen table for the kids when they come home from school. This way they won’t be grouchy in the afternoon from being hungry. This will also prevent them from digging though the kitchen cabinets looking for something themselves and messing up your neat, well-organized pantry. It is also the perfect time for you to sit and visit with them about their day at school.
To discourage bad snack habits, don’t buy unhealthy snacks or keep them in the house.
Present your snacks with a plate, place mat, napkin and maybe a flower from the garden. This way your snacks always look inviting.
Have jars sitting on the counter with sunflower seeds, raisins, granola, prunes or peanuts for the children. If they see healthy snacks they’re more likely to want them.
Try these snacks on your kids:
Fresh fruit*Hard-boiled eggs*Apples, cut into quarters, with core removed*Popcorn balls*Popcorn*Bagels*Muffins*Dried apples or bananas*Breadsticks*Oranges, peeled and quartered*Pumpkin bread*Banana bread*Zucchini bread*Bananas*Crackers and cheese*Frozen grapes*Veggies with ranch dressing*Celery sticks, spread with peanut butter*Cherry tomatoes*Cheese*
Strawberry leather*Cookies*Puddings*Yogurt Popsicles*Homemade granola bars*Beef jerky*Pretzels*Tortillas with cream cheese*Peanut butter snacks*Yogurt with fruit or wheat germ added*Milk*Chocolate milk*Cocoa*Creamy Orange Shake*Milk shake*Fruit shakes*Apples, quartered and cored with 1 tsp. peanut butter on each quarter*Bananas sliced in half and spread with peanut butter*Bread or toast cut into quarters and spread with jelly, jam, peanut butter, spiced honey or honey butter*Crackers spread with peanut butter and jelly or jam*Place some peanut butter and honey on a pancake and roll up for a snack. This is great for leftover pancakes.

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